ConceptDraw Office — Some Negatives

I’ve already gone on record as really liking ConceptOffice (especially the combination of Project and MindMap). However, there are a few annoying shortcomings:

– On a Windows PC, it can be a resource hog. My laptop will occasionally crawl to a near stop. This may be due to the fact that my main file has 12 projects and a master project that combines them all (of course, on the Mac, this is not an issue at all).

– On a Mac, you cannot export to Excel or Numbers.

– Although you can combine multiple projects, shared resources are treated as separate instances. I have found no way to summarize resource usage across the multiple projects without pulling a report into Excel and doing a lot of manipulating.

– There aren’t enough fields available on the resource sheet and I haven’t been able to find a way to add them. It would be nice to be able to classify tasks and then summarize or cost by task type. It would also be nice to have fields for resource cost AND resource billing rate so that margins can be calculated.

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